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The Rise of Disability Tech

Speech synthesis can be used in a number of ways to support those in need. Primarily, it’s to help people communicate with others. The most famous example of this has to be Stephen Hawking, who uses the technology to turn words into audio. However, it’s also used by the visually impaired, with most operating systems offering software to read text aloud. It means they can get through simple tasks, such as reading a message, without any bother.

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Nintendo is working on its next console and Mario may lead the way (but not in a film)

Brace yourselves: A new Nintendo console is in the works, according to none other than legendary video game designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto. In a wide-ranging over-a-cup-of-coffee interview with the Associated Press, Miyamoto also hinted at Mario kicking things off for the next Nintendo console.

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The Best Christmas Tree Money Can Buy

Thanks for stopping by Fast Company’s Co.Design. Our focus is on highlighting the world’s best examples of design and innovation, working in concert. We started this site with a few simple premises in mind. First, design is a window onto the world at large, and the culture we live in. Designers create objects that meet some unrecognized need. All businesses strive to do the same thing.

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China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea

China told the U.S. that it is against cyberattacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings that Washington has blamed on North Korea, China's foreign ministry said Monday.

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Who's really taking you for an Uber ride? - CNET

Despite Campbell's comments, not just anyone can become an Uber driver. Would-be drivers must first go through a series of background checks designed to weed out felons and lesser criminals. Uber spokesman Taylor Bennet said the company has the "most stringent and rigorous checks in place." But they're not foolproof. Reports of alleged assault , rape and kidnapping by Uber drivers have surfaced over the past few months. So how are these people slipping through the cracks?

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The Verge on Twitter

“ @verge : The director behind Fast & Furious 6 will take on Star Trek 3 http://theverge.com/e/7202434  pic.twitter.com/Rom4l66pmW ” NO MORE FLARES, YEAH!!

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The Best Science Books We Read in 2014 | WIRED

In our downtime, all of us at WIRED Science like a good book (and we’re betting a lot of people on your holiday list do too). In 2014 we were impressed by books ranging from Atul Gawande’s expansive essays on the morality of end of life care ( Being Mortal ), to a coffee table tome of beautifully photographed marine invertebrates (Susan Middleton’s Spineless ). We’ve curated a list of our favorites to stuff into some stockings, or into your carry on so you’re not too bored during your inevitably delayed flight to Grandma’s.

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A Test for UPS: One Day, 34 Million Packages

UPS all year has been focused on one day above the rest: Monday Dec. 22, when it will deliver 34 million packages, more than any other in its history—putting a new high-tech sorting system to the test.

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These Are 3 Breakthroughs That Bill Nye Thinks Will Change The World

When asked if there was one scientific fact that blew his mind, Bill Nye, author of " Undeniable " had a whimsical response. But what about what's still to come? Nye hopes these are the 3 scientific breakthroughs that are forthcoming.

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You can buy Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9 tablet for $299 today only

You'll need to choose an expedited shipping method if you're planning to put it under the Christmas tree, but for today only you can purchase Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet for 30 percent off. The company has picked its own hardware as today's gold deal of the day, and skimming over the page, that brings the cheapest model (32GB with special offers) down to a price of $299.99. At the top end is the 64GB HDX with 4G LTE data; today that'll cost you $414, whereas normally it'd be almost $600. (We doubt most people need the cellular option of a Fire tablet, to be clear.)

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An 8-minute video explaining everything good and bad about Gremlins

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These experts still don't buy the FBI claim that North Korea hacked Sony

The problem there is that North Korea's role in the earlier attacks is itself unproven. Rogers writes that it's "pretty weak in my books to claim that the newest piece of malware is the act of a nation state because other possible related pieces of malware were 'rumored' to be the work of a nation state. Until someone comes up with solid evidence actually attributing one of these pieces of malware to North Korea I consider this evidence to be, at best, speculation."

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NASA scientists propose sending humans to the skies of Venus

Venus might be closer to Earth, but that doesn't make it easier to explore than Mars. For starters, the surface of Venus has the pressure of 92 of Earth's atmospheres, to say nothing of the temperatures — which can reach more than 900 degrees Fahrenheit (500 degrees C), heat that can melt lead. But two NASA scientists, Dale Arney and Chris Jones, suggest we skip the surface altogether and stick to Venus's clouds, according to a report in IEEE Spectrum.

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13 fun holiday crafts to DIY with kids

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North Korea suffers internet blackout – reports

Given North Korea’s limited connectivity and lack of internet sophistication, it would be relatively simple for a band of hacktivists to shut down online access, and it should not be assumed that the US government had any part, said Dan Holden, director of security research at Arbor Networks. “Anyone of us that was upset because we couldn’t watch the movie, you could do that. Their internet is just not that sophisticated.”

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Hoover and MakerBot join forces to bring you 3D-printable vacuum accessories

If you’ve ever wanted to customize your vacuum but didn’t have the design know-how or resources to make it happen, we’ve got some good news for you. Hoover has recently partnered up with MakerBot to release a line of 3D-printable accessories that add extra functionality to your dirt-sucker.

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The Limited Edition Code Black Drone + HD Camera is Back

The Code Black Drone is so popular it flew off our shelves during our first two sales – but we now have limited units back in stock at TNW Deals, for just $89 for the HD camera version and $69 for the SD camera version (available in the continental US).

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The Humane Representation of Thought

But at debilitating cost. These representations, having been invented for static media such as paper, tap into a small subset of human capabilities and neglect the rest. Knowledge work means sitting at a desk, interpreting and manipulating symbols. The human body is reduced to an eye staring at tiny rectangles and fingers on a pen or keyboard.

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North Korea's Internet Connections Disrupted, May Be Under Attack

“They’re pretty stable networks normally,” Madory said. “In the last 24 hours or so, the networks in North Korea are under some kind of duress, but I can’t tell you exactly what’s causing it.” Possible reasons include an attack by another nation or third-party hackers, he said, but also things like power outages and network maintenance. “There’s no way to confirm that these outages are the result of an attack, but given the timing, it’s something we have to consider,” he said.

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You can now buy HP's Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreen

We've said that the mediocre screen on HP's Chromebook 14 " kills the whole appeal of an otherwise solid Chromebook, " and it seems HP may have come to the same realization. Recently, HP introduced the option to purchase its Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreen. So not only is it sharper than the default panel (and perfect for Netflix), but you get the benefit of using Chrome OS through touch — if that's something you'd prefer versus a trackpad. Just as you'd expect, the better screen comes at a higher price.

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China slams cyberattacks after Sony job leads US to ask for help

The FBI said that there were great similarities in the attack code and methods between the Sony job and earlier attacks attributed to North Korea, but Rogers pointed out that the evidence for North Korea having been behind those earlier attacks was “flimsy and speculative at best.” He pointed out that many components of the malware were publicly available and easy to use, and noted that almost all the IP addresses used in the Sony attack were proxies that were again open to the public.

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Mike Colter Officially Cast as Luke Cage for Marvel / Netflix Series - IGN

Colter recently starred in Halo: Nightfall and has a recurring role on The Good Wife, and has previously been seen in The Following and American Horror Story: Coven. While the announcement only mentions Cage's role in AKA Jessica Jones, it is already known that he'll be getting his own solo Netflix series afterwards, though no writer/showrunner has been revealed yet for Luke Cage.

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Facebook stock hits another all-time high

The surge in Facebook stock came amid a broader market rally that continued into Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up as much as 0.47% in early trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 was essentially flat on the day, but still hovering near an all-time high.

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Social Cloud Storage Platform Hive.im Raises $500,000 In Seed Funding

“If you have data in the cloud, obviously you have two main purposes. One is preservation, the insurance and security aspect, and you have cloud storage providers that do that well. The trade-off is sharing, which has not been done very well. It’s very utilitarian. We saw that as a gap,” he says. “There is still not an easy tool. With family and friends, I was still using email or social platforms like Facebook to share files, but the issue with email is that it is harder to manage, while social networks are noisy.”

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Here’s What Google’s First Custom-Built Self-Driving Car Looks Like Now

Google has been working on self-driving cars for a few years now — but up until recently, they were mostly modifying the heck out of existing cars, not building a vehicle from the ground up.

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New York mayor asks protesters to suspend marches until cop funerals

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called on protesters to suspend all demonstrations in the city until after the funerals of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed by a gunman as they sat in their squad car on Saturday.

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Facebook blocks page promoting opposition leader rally at Russia's request

Russia’s Internet watchdog is hard at work trying to quash social media mentions of a mass rally next month supporting opposition activist Alexei Navalny.

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The Best Drone for Every Beginner

You can have it perform flips by pressing in the right thumbstick, and it's got nice soft rubber feet for hard landings. The fun also lasts longer than with any other toy-grade drone thanks to the ingenious idea of using a pair of identical LiPo batteries for both the transmitter and the drone itself: just swap them when the tiny copter dies and you're good for another 6-7 minutes. Again, it's a challenge to fly this one, and the gyro seems a little finicky: I wound up spending time recalibrating the trim nearly every time it hit a wall.

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Seldon Wants to Make Life Easier for Data Scientists

It feels that these days we live our whole digital lives according mysterious algorithms that predict what we’ll want from apps and websites. A new open-source product could help those building the products we use worry less about writing those algorithms in the first place.

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Sony Might Release ‘The Interview’ After All — for Free

The reversal is the latest twist in the dramatic hacking attack that has gripped the entertainment and technology industries. Sony, one of the largest technology companies in the world, was threatened and then attacked by hackers, who breached its systems, stole thousands of documents and released them on the Web. The ensuing fallout has been a mix of devastation, embarrassment and frustration for both Sony and its partners. Meanwhile, the hackers continued to demand that “The Interview,” which centers on an assassination plot against North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un, not be released.

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Teaching Kids Java Programming

Twelve years ago my younger son Dave showed up in my office holding my Java tutorial. Dave asked me to teach him programming so he could create computer games. By that time I had already written a couple of books on Java and taught multiple classes on computer programming, but those were for grown-ups; Amazon didn’t have any books about programming suitable for kids. After spending hours on Google I could only find some basic attempts to create Java courses for kids, or very basic reader-rabbit-style books. So I decided to write a book by myself.

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Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that's been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags .

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Kim Jong-un Visited a Lube Factory, and Of Course It Became a Meme

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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The Innocence Project's Deirdre Enright Tells Serial Fans What's Next for Adnan's Case

What we know is that Hae had her clothes on, although I know her shirt and bra had been moved up. And her skirt was on but pushed up. As far as I can tell from the lab reports, they definitely did a physical evidence recovery kit where they did anal and vaginal swabs and swabs in her mouth, but they never tested any of that—which is somewhat odd. There were hairs on her body, two of which were microscopically compared to Adnan, and he was excluded and they didn’t belong to her either. Then there was this rope near her body.

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Want to get rich? Don't pay off your student loans

But for many of us who have grown up in modest households, we are taught to pay off debt quickly. It's not a bad lesson. But if you want to get rich, you might be better off making the minimum payment on your student loan and investing the rest.

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“Am I dying?” The honest answer.

Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”

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Trinket Everyday Carry Contest

Trinket Pro is an incredible platform for building tiny projects. Which is exactly why we've picked it for our next contest. We're looking for pocketable projects which you'd carry around with you every day. The projects should be useful, but we're taking a very broad definition of useful here. Anything from tools, to wearables, to jewelry and beyond will be acceptable for the contest.

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Dystopian Fiction's Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future | WIRED

“If you go back and look at the way fossil fuels were marketed in the 1700s, when coal was first commercialized with the Watt steam engine , the great promise of coal was that it liberated humans from nature, that you no longer had to worry about when the wind blew to sail your ship, and you no longer had to build your factory next to a waterfall or rushing rapids in order to power your water wheel. You were in charge, that was the promise of coal. It was the promise of man transcending the natural world. And that was, it turns out, a lie. We never transcended nature, and that I think is what is so challenging about climate change, not just to capitalism but to our core civilizational myth. Because this is nature going, ‘You thought you were in charge? Actually all that coal you’ve been burning all these years has been building up in the atmosphere and trapping heat, and now comes the response.’ … Renewable energy puts us back in dialog with nature. We have to think about when the wind blows, we have to think about where the sun shines, we cannot pretend that place and space don’t matter.

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Amazon Unveils One-Hour Delivery Service

@Matthew Zaleski   @Wayne Couch II  Mathew those are fine benefits but they're playing the "perception is reality" game....youre getting products next day because they're shipping ground from a local warehouse, not sending it next day air to exceed your expectations. But they realize you probably don't work in the supply chain like some of us, so therefore they are the beneficiaries of "perception is reality." Also, when delivering to a residence, "saturday delivery" is never an extra charge. how else would fedex/ups have competed against, and defeated, the USPS? Can't wait to see how much they lose on same day delivery. Chalk it up to R&D i guess

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Your Five Year Old Can Learn To Code With An IPad App

JS: These days, everyone seems to be saying that coding is the ‘new literacy.’ To be honest, I find that a little absurd. For one thing, there are many different kinds of essential literacies and we need to get out of the mindset that any one is more important than the others. Also, there’s nothing ‘new’ about the computational thinking that coding involves. It dates back at least to 8th century Persia (but was already practiced by ancient Greek and Egyptian philosophers). It is significant, however, that new digital technologies enable us to use this kind of thinking in really efficient ways. With these tools, we can suddenly apply this thinking in ways we never could have imagined possible in the past. But that involves shifting our perspective so that we can understand and see the new possibilities. Scratch and ScratchJr put a simplified version of these technologies into the hands of very young children so that they can understand, experiment, and play, in a practical way, with computational thinking. I might not call it the “new literacy,” but I do think every child should be exposed to this kind of play.

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DockPhone Is The Phone Dialer Apple Forgot To Put In Yosemite

By far the best new feature Apple added to OS X was the ability to make and take phone calls from a connected iPhone. Taking a call is magic but dialing a number is a pain. Enter DockPhone . The $.99 app fixes Yosemite.

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Why aren't we more compassionate?

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

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Why the moon landings could have never EVER been faked

I noticed that this article was being passed around again, so I watched the video once more. I forgot how amazingly good it is—so here it is again for your viewing pleasure: The definitive proof of why the moon landings could have never been faked:

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In praise of slowness

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

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Dog Runs For The First Time, Thanks To 3D Printing

Derby the dog was born with underdeveloped front legs , which severely limited his movement. He could not run, and he could barely get around on hard surfaces like concrete as that would be too abrasive on his front limbs.

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11 Tricks Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, And Other Famous Execs Use To Run Meetings

So we decided to look at how some of the most effective executives in history — from GM czar Alfred Sloan to Apple prince Steve Jobs to Facebook queen Sheryl Sandberg — run the meetings that invariably fill their calendars.

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55 12 Holiday Gifts You'll Want To Keep For Yourself
56 Suddenly There's A Meadow In The Ocean With 'Flowers' Everywhere
57 How To Speak User
58 News Corp Buys India-Based Financial Planning Service BigDecisions.com
59 That time Belgium's prime minister was pelted with French fries
60 Why eyewitnesses get it wrong
61 6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future
62 The Most Expensive Home for Sale in Every State
63 Apple Launches A New Tumblr Site Promoting iTunes
64 Winners of the world's biggest lottery just had a pretty great Monday
65 Don’t blame protesters for the murder of two New York cops
66 40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know
67 Amazon's ever-struggling Fire Phone gets a lukewarm update
68 Shopping Cart Abandonment: Online Retailers' Biggest Headache Is Actually A Huge Opportunity
69 Reg Saddler on Twitter
70 Inside the secret lab where Amazon is designing the future of reading
71 Gizmodo's Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide
72 Worst 'coral bleaching' in nearly 20 years may be underway, scientists warn
73 12 things that can wait until after you binge-watch
74 The world needs all kinds of minds
75 The Perfect Gaming Phone
76 HP Omen review - CNET
77 Important PSA: Update Gadget Gifts Before You Wrap Them
78 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 review - CNET
79 How to buy happiness
80 Best stocking stuffers of 2014 - CNET
81 The hunt for General Tso
82 Golden retrievers bring comfort and joy to holiday travelers at the airport
83 'The Hunger Games' summarized in 3 minutes
84 Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor
85 Elton John got married and posted the photos on Instagram
86 Here's Why Instagram Demographics Are So Attractive To Brands
87 A Former Sony Pictures Exec Defends The Decision To Pull ‘The Interview’
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90 Line’s COO Becomes Its New CEO As The Messaging Company Targets Global Growth
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